Affirming our Faith in the Secular Age: A Meditation for Evangelism

Are we entering a new epoch as the Church must confess Jesus Christ in what Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor has called “the secular age?”

One of the most extraordinary passages in the Gospels is the confession of Jesus’ identity by the Apostle Peter. There are a myriad of remarkable spiritual dynamics at work in the passage, each of them with far-reaching theological and practical implications for the Church and, consequently, for your life and mine. We should consider Jesus’... Continue Reading

Mainline Decline, Liberation Theology & the Gospel

There is more to the Christian salvation than achieving liberation from classism and colonial tyranny in this fallen world.

Rev. Samuel said that God commanded the devotion of ancient Israelites as “the Divine Agent of their liberation,” having freed them “economic and political exploitation” in Egypt. Christians should thus feel empowered to live their “best life today” by drawing on God’s salvific work.   Liberation theology gained momentum last century as a liberal alternative... Continue Reading

How to Be Teachable According to Proverbs

If there is any quality that helps in every area of life, it is being teachable.

Life is complicated and the enemy deceiving; without a disciplined pursuit of wisdom and instruction, we risk falling captive to lies and short-cut solutions to our problems. The diligent pursuit of wisdom will train us to act wisely and prepare us for difficulties in life.   Teachable people don’t have to be the smartest to... Continue Reading

“…Let’s just pipe down and let the experts handle this.”

I fear that we are creating many mini-popes, untouchable by the common layperson.

At the time of the Reformation, it was forbidden to put a bible into the hands of a layperson because only the scholars had the proper training to interpret the bible correctly. A layperson would mess it up to no end and start talking about justification by faith apart from works and salvation by the... Continue Reading

No Harbor In My Own Righteousness (Sibbes)

"I will rest in that righteousness which God has wrought by Christ, who is the God-man."

Sibbes is saying that on the one hand, we need to understand our sin and be humble because of it.  On the other hand, we need to understand our Savior and realize that in him God sees us as perfect, forgiven, justified.   One of the greatest things about being a Christian is knowing that... Continue Reading

The Ordinary Means of Soul Winning

Many Christians simply aren’t aware that God has provided the church with particular means for winning souls.

But in the end, they are only true churches if they are committed to the ordinary marks of the church to the end that souls might be rescued for Christ, that they might become faithful disciples of Christ in all of life, that they might receive the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and... Continue Reading

Rachel Miller Contra Mundum? The 5 Solas and John Piper, Part 1

Piper is arguing that the whole of the so called Five Solas relate only to Justification; in particular, one can only say that we are justified by faith alone.

Sola fide does not have reference to Justification alone, the benefit that answers our guilt; sola fide likewise applies to Regeneration/Sanctification/Glorification, the benefit that answers to our corruption, since faith itself is the instrumental cause of both. Truly these benefits are what constitutes salvation in its fullest sense. If we cannot separate these benefits, and if they are strictly speaking... Continue Reading

Reading the Prophets With The New Testament (1)

The importance of interpreting the Old Testament prophets in light of how the New Testament authors understood them

The Modernists were often guilty of sloppy biblical interpretation (hermeneutics) but the fundamentalist turn to science as the category in which to think about biblical interpretation was also misleading. They appealed to science as the model because they wanted to stress the objectivity of the truth of Scripture and the clarity of Scripture. Some of them, however,... Continue Reading

Ten Brief Lessons on the Ten Commandments

One who does not seek to live by the Ten Commandments does not simply have a problem with the law. He or she has a problem with love, with Jesus, and with his interpretation of the Bible.

 The Ten Commandments were given to the redeemed. The Remember that the Ten Commandments were given to Israel after they had been delivered out of Egypt, not before. They were not a code given for Israel to earn there way out of slavery; these commandments were given to them as the redeemed people of God. The Lord reminds... Continue Reading

Saved by Grace!

I know my good works are neither the cause nor the foundation of my salvation.

We hence conclude, that God does not pay us a debt, but performs what he has of himself freely promised, and thus performs it, inasmuch as he pardons us and our works; nay, he looks not so much on our works as on his own grace in our works. It is on this account that... Continue Reading

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